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Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



I started skateboarding around Christmas, with the desire to make sure that I've popped my first ollie on a skateboard by 25. Riding basically every day (and falling off a bunch) has done wonders; there's still two months to go and I landed my first ever ollie this afternoon :toot:

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Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



How the gently caress do you powerslide :(

I've watched so many training videos and I've tried on flatland and down several smaller hills near my house, but I can't get the loving back of the board to kick out without accidentally going into a nose manual and trashing myself. I could cut ten minutes out of the commute to and from the bus stop to get to work every day if I only had a method of stopping faster than just footbraking; I'm confident enough with the speed going down these hills now, but it's suburbia and cars occasionally come out and do their thing and there's no way of preparing for that other than taking a fall.

I mean, I'm really comfortable with the speed; I've overtaken a car before down one hill on my crappy fuckin deck (with good bearings and wheels) so yeah. How the gently caress do I slide.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Bucket Joneses posted:

Anyway, it's all about positioning your feet over the trucks and pushing with your back foot to get the back of the board forward.

Do you shift your weight at all towards the nose? I don't know if it's just my streets or the way I balance or what, but I can't seem to slide the back at all unless I push my front foot further forwards past the truck, which means I wind up rear end-ending.

I guess forcing yourself to do a motion until you either get it or kill yourself is kind of what skating is all about, but I'd rather not gently caress myself too hard until it's at least cool enough weather here to wear long sleeved shirts.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



moww posted:

One key you might be missing about shifting your weight is jumping into the slide. You need to half-jump to initiate a powerslide. Don't jump off the deck, but bend down and stand up so you have some upward momentum as you turn. Decreasing friction between the wheels and the ground is the most important part of initiating a slide. Only once you have turned the board should you reapply your weight.
:aaa: This makes things a lot easier! I'm clearly trying to run before I can walk, because despite handling speed, I'm so terrible with landing back on the board (total ollies in my life landed: one and a half (i don't count the one i did on grass as a full ollie)) but at least I managed to spin the board 90 degrees while stationary now. I didn't even fall*!





*straight away, although after my second attempt I couldn't stand up straight and accidentally went primo and landed on my rear end

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Rockefeller posted:

how do you put your weight forward and simultaneously raise the nose to do it? it seems like I have to put more weight on the back to raise the front which makes the board go backwards a little.

Spread your feet further on the board, putting your front foot between the trucks and the nose. Once you've got the nose raised up, lean more towards the front and press down with your body. Don't just lean; hate the board and push down hard. Once the trucks hit the ground, pump slightly and straighten your legs.

You don't want to lean forwards the whole time, but you do want to minimize the amount of time you're leaning back.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



:woop: My new bushings and wheels came in the mail.

Going from 101a hard as poo poo Hubba wheels to 80a Bones filmers is like night and day. I don't really ride at parks often, mostly just on fairly rough streets, and the noise and likelihood of completely eating poo poo from a small twig were getting to me like crazy. I haven't had a chance to really take them out for a ride but I can actually hear things other than a loud plasticky roar up and down my street.

I ordered way too soft bushings though to replace my generic as poo poo hard ones. I've got my trucks ridiculously tight and the board corners like nobody's business. It's gunna be good for my balance once I am used to it but I'm going to fall hard over this next week doing stuff I was comfortable with last week.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



donJonSwan posted:

I'm 28 and I can't imagine ever stopping.

Eric Koston is 34.

We've got DECADES ahead of us.

Rodney Mullen's 44 :woop:

I started skating at 24, four months ago. I don't know why I didn't start this a decade ago; there's very little in my life that makes as much sense, is so fun and so natural as skateboarding has turned out to be.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



5'6" crew represent. I just got a brand new deck, an 8" enjoi one, that feels perfect under my feet.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Ollie into grass. Man, I've got the motion for ollies down perfectly now, rolling down a hill and popping up over the curb and into the grass on the other side.

I can't loving land on my goddamn board because I'm a big stupid retard who can't even land a boneless without the thing flicking out in front or behind if I'm on any kind of surface that lets me roll smoothly. I loving suck so hard at landing on my goddamn board. I've been practicing five to six days a week for a month now at trying to land a drat ollie what the hell is wrong with me.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



I'm gunna try taking a runup to my board; I never thought of that and I think it would help a lot. The retarded part is I can land shuvits just fine, both frontside and backside. Admittedly, I move a lot slower when I do it, but I can land them.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



:woop: did a body varial/180 hippie jump/whatever the gently caress you call it this afternoon in the ten minutes of light I had to skate after work.

I landed it first try :smug: and ate poo poo as I rolled down the hill and my wheel hit a stick :smug: and now my shoulder hurts but my pride is like "gently caress you i'm the bombest"

Now I just gotta do it again. And land an ollie. Then the world's my loving oyster.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



anotherblownsave posted:

So, I'm packing for a move, and I came across my old board, I haven't skated in 6 years. I set my goal to learn kickflips by the end of the summer. Hopefully I can do it without breaking any bones. I gave up skating in ~2004 when I broke my hip in a ramp that was admittedly way above my skill level :(. Wish me luck guys. I'll update my progress should I achieve any lol.
Kickflips by September? I'll be in on this challenge - I still can't ollie yet, so it should be fun. I'm moving to the States at some point in the next four months finally and until I'm work-approved, I'm going to have a board and a loving lot of free time.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



anotherblownsave posted:

Awesome! It'll be great knowing I'm not alone in this haha. Where are you moving to in the U.S.?

Once my visa stuff finishes getting sorted out :sigh: but the max length of time it will take is until August 26. I've got a board and a shitload of free time in Australia now though~

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Finally got to a skate park with a friend of mine. It turns out dropping in is loving terrifying when you're 25 and have only been skating for six odd months. I couldn't do it on the smallest quarterpipe there :blush:

I have learned how to land on the board though, finally, and popped a decent ollie and landed rolling away on cement :woop: and kicked rear end all over this cool funbox until I did something inside my foot that I don't understand but I still can't walk right without there being pain. There's no swelling or anything four hours later, but yeah.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



UFOTofuTacoCat posted:

Awesome dropping in words
I had my strong buddy at the skate park with me, I should have used his strength to keep me upright when dropping down. We were the only ones there, so it's not like some eight year old would have stood there laughing at us either.

I know I lean back too much, because the few times I stayed on the board, I slid on my tail down. I've practiced the motion on flat land and off curbs/chairs/etc, so I know what I should be doing to lean forwards, but there's such a difference between pressing down until the board is horizontal and slamming it towards the ground. Leaning towards the ground is so not how common sense says to stay balanced.

I think I'm going to get a helmet, so I can trick my brain by saying "see, you're in a suit of armor, what are you afraid of you little loving wuss."

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



donJonSwan posted:

Bones makes a set of wheels called Soft Cores that ride very well. I just replaced a set after about 6 or so months of use and they were still in very decent shape.
I've got a set of these in now; I don't skate anywhere near as hard as most people here but they're loving amazing for me. I have some really lovely streets around my place that I can glide smoothly on with these and they aren't bad in rain either.

Plus, being in black and white, they look loving awesome with my new deck :woop:

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



maxmars posted:

Had to get out of the bike path in order to avoid two old pedestrian ladies (grrr), my Bennet kingpin stuck into the curb and now I'm looking at one week stop because of the pain on the right side of the body (bruises and all the rest, can't even fully lift right leg). Oh well.

I'm getting loving sick of these three old ladies who are constantly walking on the bike path near my work who get in my way and scream at me THIS IS FOR PEDESTRIANS ONLY

gently caress you old ladies, you're in the bike path and I had a chat with police officers recently and I'm allowed to skate either path as I see drat fit.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



RobotEmpire posted:

I think I'm going to sell my skateboard and stick to longboarding. Trying to ollie is crushing my loving spirit :(

Oh my god don't do it because the first time you land one rolling you'll feel like you could tear the world in half with your suddenly capable hands.

Skateboarding is the only thing that can cheer me up on a lovely day because every single trick, even something as simple as rolling off a curb, feels like a minor achievement, and doing something "simple" like hell, like an ollie or a shuvit makes you feel like right now everything is right with the world. My trick library, by the way, is "ollie" "shuvit" "roll off curb" and "one time i accidentally did a nose manual for about 2m but that was because i was trying to not fall over"

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



UFOTofuTacoCat posted:

This guy has a youtube channel dedicated to teaching you skate tricks. He's not the most radical aggro dude but he seems to have the most thorough and detailed explanation of tons tricks in one place.

How to ollie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTp5_jSPJE4

Man, I don't know why I didn't watch his video on ollies. I've watched pretty much all of his advanced trick videos and sat there shaking my head. Snapping the tail down and making the board bounce is loving eye opening; it explains why the few ollies I've popped decently well and rolled from have felt like complete flukes and why I spend so much time barely leaving the ground. Thanks for this.

Snap Your Fingers posted:

Seriously. I went to my local park for like 30 seconds today (it's really nice: http://www.denverskatepark.com/edwards.html) and it was unbelievably humbling.
Oh my god that looks like a fun as poo poo park to skate around in. I love bowls that have a pussy rail-less rollin because I can do that just fine.

Today I intentionally did a manual without falling over for about a meter. It was my first ever. How the poo poo do people ollie or flip into these, poo poo is crazy :psyduck:

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



RobotEmpire posted:

Rode like 5 miles on my longboard yesterday, very relaxing, lots of fun, lots of long smooth stretches of fresh blacktop to carve. But holy gently caress my left heel hurts from pumping so hard for so long. Time to buy new shoes. I know there are a lot of varying opinions on what shoes you can get, but are there any brands to just outright avoid?
I have a couple pairs of board flip ice creams that are as important to me as a drat skateboard when it comes to riding. They're like glue on the board and they're so incredibly padded and soft and you can pick up a drat pair on eBay for cheap as hell. They're a really comfortable shoe to skate in. If you can handle the way they look.

The other pair I've got is black, grey and pink and looks much less cartoony.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2010/apr/21/cover/

I read this and I never want to get on a skateboard without a helmet again. God, what a powerful and depressing story.

Why the hell is it there's this whole idea that you're less of a person if you wear a helmet, despite how many other things we get suited up for? Ice hockey, playing football, loving riding bikes, everyone gets all decked out in safety gear and yet someone on a skateboard wearing a helmet instantly gets mocked? gently caress, I do it too, I have a kneejerk reaction whenever I see the things.

I made an effort today when I saw a kid riding his longboard with a helmet downtown to high five him when he stopped at a light. Christ, how the gently caress am I going to pack a helmet when I move to the states?

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Got me some new trucks today, some hollow Thunder 147s. Oh man, I didn't realise just how terrible my terrible walmart brand trucks were. The difference in skating is night and loving day :swoon:

Bucket Joneses posted:

http://vimeo.com/12576539

This is a pretty bomb trailer. That bs nose at 2:30 is ridiculous.

gently caress I love long-rear end slides.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Riven posted:

11 days 'til I get the cast off.

Some dude breezed past me today after work on his skateboard with a full arm cast on.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Lurch posted:

Try running some bigger wheels. I changed mine and now pebbles are not less of a problem.

Softer wheels help too. These are a newer version of Bones Softcores, which is what I'm rolling on at the moment. They have a secret upside too: everything gets so loving quiet. Just don't go skating bowls, because you kind of need the wheels to slide around a bit more there.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Riven posted:

Unfortunately, mine goes from my toes to just below my knee. I wish I'd broken my arm or wrist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBm2oNcdG1o

Make it really real :v:

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



RobotEmpire posted:

I also really started digging into trying to ollie. I'm still too chickenshit to do it on pavement without using a handguard, but I'm feeling good about the motion. That video from a couple pages back where the kid is talking about bouncing the board off the pavement with your backfoot put it all together in my head. now I just need to get it done.
Let go of the handguard. You'd be surprised how much balance you've got landing on the board and how easy it is to catch yourself before you totally gently caress up and explode your bones.

Then you'll understand why it's so much easier to do it while rolling and why I still can't work up the nerve 80% of the time to even try

Ugh, being (relatively) old bites nuts.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



RobotEmpire posted:

How old are you? I'm 31. Do I have osteoporosis yet?

I'm 25 and it seems everyone I meet who sees my skateboard goes "Oh man, I used to skate, I got to doing kickflips and heelflips pretty well but I haven't touched a board in like ten years, you mind if I give it a try?"

And I never mind and they always make me feel inadequate as a human being :unsmith:

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Taught a girl I work with how to get onto a skateboard and roll around and tictac yesterday and something clicked in my head about balance and I don't know what happened but I'm suddenly a hundred times more steady on my board. Tomorrow, I work in a dead coffeeshop by myself all day, surrounded by parking lots, small as hell grass gaps, baby's first ledges and a few industrial driveway banks. All of which I can hit while keeping an eye on the store in case a single customer shows up.

I'm closing at four PM and probably going to hang around until the sun sets. Next week is my last week at this job before I go have my visa interview and gently caress off out of this country for at least two years, so if my boss comes in and fires me, I just get to have a week of free skating time :shobon:

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



The best bit about my skate day of work was some guy rolling past on his longboard, getting off, having a chat with me then teaching me all the ins and outs of pressure flips.

I have the hardest time doing ollies, but I can do frontside and normal shuvits, so poo poo just made perfect sense in my head. I can flip the board and have it land exactly how it should when I'm standing next to it, but landing is going to gently caress with my head. Still, it's fun as hell to try.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Goop posted:

No complies and variations look awesome, and also easier than they really are.

Honestly no comply impossibles look cooler than ollie impossibles

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Lurch posted:

I went and bought an 8.5 inch shop deck from Skatebiz in Brisbane today, drat it feels good not having my big stupid feet hanging over the side all the time.
Those guys are great. We shot the poo poo for a while when I got new trucks recently and everyone who was in there was just chilled out as gently caress. Dudes complimented my board and said it was like riding on clouds :coal:

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Snap Your Fingers posted:

So I went ahead and bought a new short board:
http://shop.ccs.com/product/model:137043/sku:65-00346/?cm=skate&supercat=Skate

Impulse buy, but I hope it works out. Anyone have some experience with enjoi? I've always loved their clean graphics, and the price seemed right.
:hfive: This is the deck I have and it rules.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Bucket Joneses posted:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/sports/21longboard.html?_r=2&th&emc=th&pagewanted=all

gently caress just kill me. gently caress this stupid poo poo.

urgh my FUN is being TALKED ABOUT

OLD PEOPLE are enjoying my ACTIVITY gently caress how will people know how HARDCORE my BIG FISH SHAPED BOARD makes me


It's an annoyingly written article but all it seems to say is "longboarding is fun and lots of people like it maybe you can too" which can only help the industry.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



That 360 out of the grind that John Tanner does at about 40 seconds in is loving cool.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Holy crap, that library rules. I'm basically not going to use Youtube anymore. I loving love skately.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Sirkus posted:


Click here for the full 2048x1536 image.


The loving Future Primitive Graphic complete with Tracker trucks.
:swoon: I want that loving board.



Urgh, this new city loving sucks for skating. My apartment complex has the worst driveway I've ever seen and the streets in one direction have such bad surfacing that they may as well be gravel, and the other is in the "downtown" district where you can be, and people have been, arrested for walking along the side of the road holding a skateboard. I've stepped on the board maybe twice in the last month. It doesn't help that it's almost a hundred degrees outside most days and I'm a cold weather kinda guy :argh:
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Spermatic Cord posted:

gently caress, I am completely awful at skating. After almost 2 months the best I can do is ollie maybe less than one foot. My shove its are pretty bad an I can't even do them while rolling. I can do them pretty well rolling fakie though. It's just too much fun to give up on.
It took me three months to be able to do a shuvit standing still and I still bail on more ollies than I land. It's fun to suck at skating~

Wungus fucked around with this message at 02:48 on Aug 17, 2010

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Spermatic Cord posted:

Anyone ever skate Bones STF? I ordered a set myself because I hated how hard and rough a ride my 52mm darkstars were. These are supposed to be softer. I'm getting the 54mm ones.

lovely beginner never-gets-a-chance-to-skate here, but I've skated a couple of sets of Bones soft wheels and I wouldn't go back to anything else. They're like clouds, man.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



Uncle Leo posted:

This is awesome! With a little switch stuff added into the mix this could look like a pro vid.

Seriously, that and a higher quality camera and it would fit pretty drat easily into a high class pro comp.

Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



I love Mystery decks. They're so loving slick.

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Wungus
Mar 5, 2004



nate fisher posted:

- Is 10 too young for him to get a serious board? I didn't get into skating until I was 14 or so, but he keeps asking me for a serious outfit.
There's youtube videos of 6 year olds doing... hang on

This kid's fuckin' six years old, ten's easily old enough for a good board.


Also, I'm a size 9, I ride an 8" board but 7.5s and 8.5s feel just fine too. Take him to a shop and see what he's comfortable on, he might prefer a smaller deck, he might like larger ones, it all depends on the rider. Decks are decks, outside of small differences (like Mystery's flatness, enjoi's assymmetry, etc) they're all the same. What you learn on doesn't really matter, so long as you like what you stand on.

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